New Colony of South Australia

On this day …….. 30th of June 1834 Explorer Matthew Flinders was the first European to investigate the possibilities for settlement on South Australia’s coast, doing so in 1802. The exploration of Charles Sturt to chart the Murray River was a further catalyst to the establishment of a colony on the southern coast. Consequently, the […]

St Kilda Murder – Detectives Still at Work

ON THIS DAY – June 30, 1906 On Saturday, Detective Burvett took charge of the investigations into the murder of Patrick O’Rourke who died in the Alfred Hospital on June 30 from injuries received at St Kilda on the night of June 23. Burvett made three visits to St Kilda on Saturday, and carefully went […]

A Prisoner From Camperdown

On This Day ……. 30th June 1910 A man named Alexander Dickson, who had made himself a general nuisance in the Camperdown district, was sentenced to a month’s imprisonment on a charge of insulting behaviour. Dickson had been drinking to excess, and was in a terribly muddled state when arrested. The sentence was imposed largely […]

The First Australian Transcontinental Motor Car Journey

On this day …….. 30th of June 1908 Australia’s love affair with the car as a means of travelling the continent’s huge distances began with the first transcontinental motor car trip. Engineer Horace Hooper Murrag Aunger was born on 28 April 1878 at Narridy, near Clare, South Australia. He collaborated with cycle maker Vivian Lewis […]

First Australian City Switch to Digital Television

On this day …….. 30th of June 2010 Digital television is a new innovation of the twenty-first century which involves the sending and receiving of moving images and sound by digital signals. This is different to the previously used analogue television signals which had been in use since the invention of television. The advantage of […]

Murder of Daughter in Law

ON THIS DAY – June 30, 1942 Threat To Kill At Party . An amazing story of how a threat to kill a woman was made during the progress of a euchre party was related at the inquest today into the death of Aaron Cephas Gardiner (64) and daughter-in-law, Dorothy Adelaide Gardiner who lived at […]

Beginning of the White Australia Policy

On this day …….. 30th of June 1861 The present-day town of Young in the central west of New South Wales began as a gold-mining settlement known as Lambing Flat. At the height of its popularity, the rich alluvial gold deposits attracted a population of around 20 000. While most of the diggers were from […]

Bushrangers Body on Display

On this day …….. 29th of June 1880 On this day in 1880, the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly was taken be train to Melbourne and lodged in what is known today as the Old Melbourne Gaol hospital, where a temporary court was set up, so that Ned could be formally remanded. The bodies of Steve […]

Chinese Sent to Gaol

On This Day ……. 29th June 1911 On this day in 1911, Ah Loy, a Chinese, who resided in Geelong appeared on remand at the City Court on a charge of having in his position four tins opium. Ah Loy was sentenced to Geelong Gaol.

Juvenile Discipline

On this day …….. 29th of June 1918 A group of boys ruefully returned to their homes in Wangaratta after spending 10 days in detention in Melbourne. They were members of the local Cadet Company. Thirteen of them had been ordered to Swan Island, Queenschiff, Victoria, for ten days discipline. The boys complained that the […]

Murder of Sheree Beasley

ON THIS DAY – June 29, 1991 Life sentence for ‘nightmare’ killing A judge, his voice cracking with emotion and with tears in his eyes, yesterday sentenced a former church elder to life imprisonment for the “terrible” murder of a six-year-old girl. “Life means life,” Justice Philip Cummins said, as he sentenced Robert Arthur Selby […]

Were Tasmanian Tigers Native to Victoria

Certainly per European history shows Tasmanian Tigers-Zebra Wolfs (Thylacine) roamed large parts of main land Australia. There is plenty of evidence in fossil remains and Aboriginal cave art. But is it possible they still lived in Victoria as little as 100 years ago. Interesting idea when the last known Thylacine died at the Hobart Zoo […]